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ERIC Number: ED034549
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1964-Sep
Pages: 230
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The Relative Effectiveness of Two Methods of Teaching Composition in Freshman English at Metropolitan Junior College--Kansas City.
Christiansen, Mark Alvan
An experiment was conducted at Metropolitan Junior College, Kansas City, to determine (1) if an experimental group of English I students who wrote 24 compositions during one semester would show greater writing improvement than a control group that wrote only eight, and (2) if there would be a difference in reading and vocabulary development between an experimental group that read no essays from a freshman prose book and a control group that studied 20 essays. All students in the experiment wrote an essay on a specified topic at the beginning and at the end of the semester. All groups were pre-tested on the New Purdue Placement Test in English and the University of Kansas English Department Measurement Test. The same tests were used at the end of the semester to compare progress made by the two groups in reading and vocabulary. The conclusions of the study were: both groups showed significant improvement in composition writing, but the experimental group did not show greater improvement than the control group; the experimental group showed as much reading improvement as the control group; neither group made significant progress in vocabulary. The implications of the study include the problem of determining the optimum amount of writing a freshman college student should do, and what other factors contribute to the development of writing skill. (MS)
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Note: Ph.D. dissertation